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04/19/2007


Irish Aquarium Reports Pair of Gay Penguins

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Ireland's Dingle Oceanworld says that a pair of gay penguins have reportedly revealed themselves by setting up a nest together, the Irish Examiner reports:

The Irish duo are one of five couples which have paired off for the breeding season at the polar exhibition which mimics the icy conditions at the South Pole in the Kerry Aquarium.

The head penguin keeper, Kate Hall, said same-sex couples are not unheard of in the penguin world, although it is usually two males who pair off.

"It’s definitely not an unusual occurrence although this time it’s two females."

She said Missy and Penelope have been displaying all the signs of a courting couple in their enclosure, which is home to a dozen of the black and white creatures.

"The thing penguins do to show they like each other is they bow to each other and they are doing that.

Here on Towleroad we've followed many gay penguin pairs over the years, including Suki and Chupchikoni at Israel's Ramat Gan Zoological Center, Buddy and Pedro at the Toronto Zoo, Harry and Pepper at the SF zoo, Z and Vielpunkt at the Bremerhaven Zoo in Germany, two great parents at a Chinese zoo, and of course NY's Silo and Roy, who were immortalized in the controversial children's book, And Tango Makes Three.


Billions of Insects are Having Accidental Gay Sex

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Scientists at Tel Aviv University have been researching the peculiar, but extremely common practice of same-sex mating between insects. The result: bugs are just so excited to procreate that they can't tell the difference before they've mounted each other. There are, it turns out, plenty of factors that go into the randy, six-legged sex-fest, including confusing female pheromones from the bugs' previous mates. Still, some 85% of the insects in the study took part in same-sex mating practices; maybe they're on to something.

Daily Mail reports:

The study found there are no clear benefits for certain species of insects to have same-sex relationships and concluded they may be duped into thinking another is a female, either because of how similar they look or by scents they have picked up. 

Dr Inon Scharf of Tel Aviv University's Department of Zoology and Dr Oliver Martin of ETH Zurich claim mating takes time and energy and can be dangerous, which makes homosexual mating even less appealing from an evolutionary perspective because it lacks the payoff of procreation. 

'Insects and spiders mate quick and dirty,' claimed Dr Scharf. 'The cost of taking the time to identify the gender of mates or the cost of hesitation appears to be greater than the cost of making some mistakes.'

The researchers identify insects' evolutionary flaws as one cause of the phenomenon as well. These bugs are not adept to make cost-benefit analyses, and they are also unable to distinguish between other objects and their own kind. They sometimes "mate with related species or inanimate objects, like beer bottles." The benefits of same-sex coupling, if there are any, remain unclear, but researchers are not done looking into the mating practices of insects.

'Homosexual behaviour may be genomically linked to being more active, a better forager, or a better competitor,' said Dr Scharf. 'So even though misidentifying mates isn't a desirable trait, it's part of a package of traits that leaves the insect better adapted overall.'

To confirm their theory, the researchers plan to study the conditions that make homosexual behaviour more or less likely in bugs. They also want to look more deeply into male resistance to homosexual mating.


A Former Chaplain Explains Where Gay Animals Come From: VIDEO

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This was on The David Pakman Show, where Pakman queried ex-Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt and full-time godnut on the habits and provenance of homosexuals. The following dialogue was helpfully transcribed by Raw Story's Stephen C. Webster:

“Let’s step back for a second, Gordon, and say okay, let’s assume you’re right that homosexuality among humans is only because of marketing,” Pakman countered. “What about in the 4,000 other species that have homosexuality? Because, as far as I know, they don’t have TV. They don’t have advertising. They don’t have the iTunes store to recruit people. How is it that humans are gay sometimes because of marketing, but 4,000 other species… Why? Is it something else?”

“It is entirely possible — we know from the Bible, for example, when Jesus cast the devil out of Legion, he went into a herd of pigs,” Klingenschmitt said. “So, it is possible for demons or the devil to inhabit or invade animals just the same way they invade humans, and that causes the sin of lust.”

“So, what you’re saying is, in humans it’s marketing that makes people gay; in animals, it’s the souls of gay humans who have invaded the animals,” Pacman replied. “That makes them gay?”

Klingenschmitt laughed and scratched his temple. “Well, I think you twisted what I’m saying there,” he said.

Klingenschmitt has many more interesting theories to share -- including a neat rehashing of the Anita Bryant line about gay "recruitment," made scientific-sounding by the invocation of "biology" and "Mendelian genetics" -- with which you may acquaint yourself AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Gay Dolphins Of Australia

Bottlenose-dolphin-pictureAn "unprecedented study" of bottlenose dolphins conducted by the University of Massachusetts has discovered that dolphins -- or at least this particular group of dolphins -- swings both ways. They are bisexual, sometimes gay, and fiercely polyamorist.

From Discovery News:

Male bottlenose dolphins also were found to engage in extensive bisexuality, combined with periods of exclusive homosexuality. Male pairs, or even trios, cooperate to sequester and herd individual females during the mating season. Most males are also members of second order alliances consisting of 4 to 14 males. Such relationships appear to be long lasting, with one known 7-member group still intact after 17 years.

The study, conducted with a community of 120 adult dolphins in Shark Bay, off the western Australian coast, wasn't specifically looking for homosexual behavior in dolphins. Rather, it meant to study social patterns among smart, aquatic mammals who live without clearly defined borders to their territory. In addition to a lot of interesting info on the animals' mating habits, the study also learned that gayphins loathe physical confrontations, though they are rather snippy, and their social lives full of "constant drama."


Gay Penguins Buddy and Pedro Have Mixed Results in Female Breeding Attempt

Back in November I posted about the Toronto Zoo's plans to force gay penguin couple Buddy and Pedro to breed with females, a plan that was met with much objection from the general public.

PenguinsSo how did it go?

Less than 72 hours after the union ended, Buddy successfully paired with female Farai on November 19, said Tom Mason, curator of birds and invertebrates at the Toronto Zoo, at a press conference.

They bonded “very tightly” Mr. Mason said.

However, life after Buddy might not be as easy for Pedro, who has been courting female Thandiwey for several weeks but has made no permanent moves.

“Pedro is very ready to go, per se, but his prospective mate… is a little standoffish,” Mr. Mason said.


Zookeepers Say 'Gay' Penguin Split Has Noble Goal: Saving the Species

After a day of media headlines decrying the split of Toronto Zoo 'gay' penguin pair Buddy and Pedro, the zookeepers are speaking out about their decision to split them for breeding:

Penguins“The two girls have been following them; we just have to get the boys interested in looking at them...We have to keep an eye on the population all the time, because if we let things slide we could lose the population forever."

Approximately 60,000 African penguins live in the wild and the species is in danger.

The inseparable penguins will soon be back together, they reassure:

Pedro and Buddy’s separation will only last as long as they can inseminate their respective female partners. While incubating eggs, the two may well be back “side by side.” Once breeding season is up, Pedro and Buddy will “probably” ditch their female partners and reunite, said Bill Rapley, executive director for conservation, education and wildlife at the Toronto Zoo.

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